Chimp beheads owner, wants more Xanax

A chimpanzee who founded a TV channel intended to counter violent images of higher apes has been arrested in the brutal beheading of his owner.


Mr. Bobo, who had lived with a human family for close to 20 years and before that had a successful career in advertising, apparently went berserk while under medical care for the treatment of Lyme Disease. Vets speculate that the medication, which was mixed with Xanax the owner had given him earlier in the day to reduce his agitation, may have triggered the attack.


“I am totally stunned,” said a neighbor who knew the animal and his owner, Sandra Herold of Hartford, Connecticut. “They were really more than pet and owner – they encouraged each other in everything. Mr. Bobo was such a lovely person.”


Court records may show a different story, however. Herold had obtained an order of protection from Bobo on Feb. 6, barring the simian from their home.


“There had been problems before,” said attorney Corey Hogan, whose law firm had represented Herold. “There had been prior incidents of physical abuse.”


The television channel, which Bobo founded after leaving a job at M&T Bank, had been under financial strain. Published reports said that the venture was seeking new investors and battling cable carriers for access to a bigger audience.


Bobo, a lovable 200-pounder who had appeared in TV commercials for Old Navy and Coca-Cola, was captured by police after a short chase.


Following the savage decapitation, Bobo ran away and started roaming Herold’s property until police arrived, setting up security so medics could reach the mauled woman. But he soon returned and went after several of the officers, who retreated into their cars. Bobo knocked the mirror off the cruiser before opening its door and starting to get in, trapping an officer. That officer shot the chimp several times, who fled the scene but was eventually captured.


Bobo was well known around town because he rode around in trucks belonging to the towing company operated by his owners. He was toilet trained, dressed himself, took his own bath, ate at the table and drank wine from a stemmed glass. He also brushed his teeth using a Water Pik, logged onto the computer to look at pictures, and watched television using the remote control, police said.


Bobo answered a few shouted questions from reporters as he was transferred to the county jail, claiming “I was framed” and asking for more Xanax.


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2 Responses to “Chimp beheads owner, wants more Xanax”

  1. Rocky Humbert Says:

    ….Bobo left a job at M&T Bank…. another casualty of the financial crisis. WHEN WILL THE BLEEDING STOP????

  2. E.F. Misanthrope Says:

    I saw this on the news yesterday and wondered why anyone would have a Xanex-using chimp fpr a pet. It’s taking the phrase ‘headless monkey on my back’ to extremes.
    Chimps are for advertising tea bags, not for scoring drugs!

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